The chewiness of shiratama dango is something I crave sometimes. Nothing in Western sweets quite compares. And Chanoma Cafe is just the place to satisfy those cravings.
This time, I try the matcha anmistu ($6.50) with extra shiratama ($0.50), but received the matcha fruit anmitsu. Both were the same price, the only difference being the addition of fruit, so I wasn’t fussed.
Anmitsu is a Japanese dessert traditionally served with matcha during Japanese tea ceremonies. This dessert replaces the matcha in tea form with matcha in soft serve form. The matcha soft serve here eliminates the bitterness that I sometimes get from drinking matcha as a tea. Brown sugar is drizzled over the top for added sweetness. Underneath the matcha soft serve is agar jelly, which has a crumbly texture that’s unlike the bounciness of normal gelatine jelly. The canned fruit was also mushy as expected.
As for my reason for visiting Chanoma Cafe, the shiratama dango was, as always, deliciously chewy and elastic — two plain dango and one chadango (green tea flavoured) on a stick. So if I had received what I ordered, I’d have been quite satisfied — the jelly was only a minor issue.
On a second visit, I try their shiratama dango with anko (red bean paste) and kinako. The toasted dango gives an addictive crispy skin to the chewy dango, while the anko and kinako give it a pleasant nutty sweetness.
Chanoma Cafe is located at Shop 1, Regent Place Arcade, 501 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000.